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Aaron bows out of
Aaron Duncan, winner of the
Schools National Carnival Chutney
Soca Monarch, will be moving into
the big league to compete in the
Chutney Soca Monarch competition
Duncan, 14, a student at St George's
College, scored the highest out of 14
other students to win the National
Carnival Chutney Soca Monarch title
in the secondary schools' category
yesterday at the Queen's Park Savan-
nah in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday.
There were ive contestants in the
primary schools' category and 15 in
the secondary schools' category.
Dressed in a gold and red costume
with red men's gold-tipped dress
shoes, Duncan was strong and con i-
dent during his performance.
In an interview with members of
the media after the announcement of
the winners, Duncan said he will be
entering the senior's category from
"I feel good, I feel blessed winning
this for the ifth time and I am very
happy I thank God for everything.
This will be my last year in this com-
petition and I am glad to leave it on
a winning note. This is my last year
entering the junior competition," he
said. He said his song, Chutney Fire,
was a description of his feeling to the
"The meaning of Chutney and
how the Chutney music makes me
feel and I wanted to show the people
as well," he said.
He said he placed third in Young
The winner of the primary schools'
category Jayda Celestine, a student at
St Michael's Anglican School, who
sang Johnny Don't make no Joke,
was absent when the winners were
Celestine's aunt Melissa Wil-
liams-Campbell said the students
left earlier to beat traf ic and return
to their school which is located in
said her niece was very excited and
happy to learn she won the competi-
tion after leaving the savannah.
"She was singing since she was ive
years and it was her second entry in
the competition. Last year was her
irst time at the competition and she
placed ifth and this year she won.
She was ecstatic and happy," she
Williams-Campbell said she com-
posed the winning song for her
She said the song was about telling
"Johnny" about the importance of
his education to himself and the fu-
Williams-Campbell said she would
like to congratulate her niece and all
the other competitors on a job well-
done and the organisers of the event
for creating a platform for the youths
to express themselves positively.
"And recognising the fact music
is not only a tool for entertainment
but the attitude, values, and behav-
iour of children and by extension the
society," she said. Second place win-
ner in the primary schools' category,
Sharla Zakiya Grant, a student at
Lower Cumuto Government School,
sang Unity is Love.
"I am happy, excited. I does enter
all...Chutney, Soca, and Calypso. I
came third in Junior Soca Monarch
this year," she said.
Anthony Garcia, Minister of Edu-
cation, who attended the event and
delivered the feature address and re-
minded students to attend classes on
Ash Wednesday. This drew laughter
from the crowd as he made this an-
Last year, Garcia noted that there
was a certain absenteeism among
students on Ash Wednesday.
On the subject of the event, Gar-
cia said students of seven primary
schools and 12 secondary schools
participated from seven districts.
"I am hoping at the end of the
competition all who had the oppor-
tunity would leave knowing you
did your best and participation was
more important than the prize. You
have done yourself a tremendous
good and you are an ambassador for
your school," he said.
The show was marred by several
problems which led to a late start be-
cause of the tardy arrival of students
from South Trinidad and audio sys-
tems which caused judges and par-
ents to complain.
Lifeguard warning for beach goers
President of the NUGFW lifeguard's
branch, Augustus Sylvester, has re-
newed calls for more lifeguards to be
assigned to the nation's beaches for
the Carnival period.
This comes in the wake of a rough
seas bulletin issued by the Meteoro-
logical Service in which waves up to
12 feet in height are expected as sea
conditions deteriorate during this
In an interview, Sylvester said there
was currently a shortage of lifeguards
across the country and lifeguards
were trained in the past few years but
He said in the past six years 60
people were trained and quali ied to
work in east, south and north Trini-
"Every time we try to have a meet-
ing with the Ministry of National Se-
curity they cancel and we haven't had
a meeting with them in months," he
Sylvester said the lifeguards were
in need of equipment, uniforms and
"We hardly get irst aid stuff. When
you ask, they say no money. We also
need administrative staff," he said.
Sylvester said every day the life-
guards work with a shortage of life-
"We have on an average of 10 life-
guards on a weekend which is insuf i-
cient. You have to have people for an
ambulance crew, drivers and people
to attend to emergencies," he said.
He said it takes more than 10 life-
guards to patrol the Maracas Beach
and more were needed.
"It is insuf icient, we would like
18 and we have 15 lifeguards at the
beaches but all the beaches are differ-
ent," he said.
On the topic of the rough sea con-
ditions at the beaches, Sylvester said
at present the waves were calm but
there were strong rip currents.
Marcia Hope, communications
head at the National Security Minis-
try, said the ministry was working to
improve the lifeguards working con-
"The Ministry of National Security
HR unit continues to treat with the is-
sues of lifeguards and continue to ex-
plore ways to improve the conditions
of all workers including lifeguards
even in the face of harsh economic
times," she said.
With Carnival in full swing, some parents
will be seeking daycare or babysitting
services for their children while they fete.
Checks in the newspapers and online
showed that services were being offered
for Carnival Monday, Tuesday also on Ash
Wednesday for children ranging from six
years to as young as three months.
One such place in Diego Martin which
offered these services said there was a
range in price structure, giving the drop
off time and pick up time.
"It all depended on the hours and in
particular after hours. We encourage par-
ents not to leave their children for long
periods as this could be very stressful for
a child, especially very young children.
"But roughly, if a parent has to play
mas for instance and drops off their child
from 10 am to returns at 6 pm...that is
roughly some eight hours the child is in
our care. If it's for the three days...Carni-
val Monday, Tuesday and Ash Wednes-
day that could cost around $300 to $350
because it would be considered part-time
daycare," a caregiver said.
She added that walk-ins cost between
$50 to $60 a day. For the older children,
there are also various church camps of-
fered throughout the country. But the
Children's Authority has issued a stern
warning to parents, caregivers, and
guardians to make their children's safety
their irst priority.
A statement from the Authority said
while it was aware that Carnival generates
an increase in social activities, especially
for adults parents ought to ensure that
the necessary measures are implemented
to ensure that their children are safe.
"Therefore, when making plans to
attend events, parents and guardians
should also make arrangements to en-
sure their children are safe.
The Authority added that leaving
younger children at home in the care
of older children was not an option and
every attempt should be made to leave
children in the care of a trusting and re-
sponsible adult," the statement said.
The Children's Authority also noted
that some parents may not take part in
Carnival but may register their children
in a camp. It, therefore, advised parents
and guardians get to know the adults and
camp supervisors who will be interacting
with their child and request an itinerary
of events. It also reminded that child
abandonment and neglect are offences
that are liable to ines and imprisonment.
St Michael's Anglican School
student Jayda Celestine performs
her winnning song "Johnny don't
make no Joke" in the Primary
School category of the Schools
National Carnival Chutney Soca
Monarch on Wednesday.
PICTURES SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Pupils of Bishop Anstey High School, Port-of-Spain, cheer on their
schoolmates during the finals.
Additional guidelines to ensure children's safety in-
1. Children should not be left unsupervised in vehicles
2. When leaving children in the care of an adult, it
should be a trusted person, however;
3. Keep open communication with your children so
they feel comfortable reporting inappropriate behav-
4. Monitor your child's interaction with adults who
show abnormal affection towards the child
5. Set rules for teenagers. Know where they are at all
times and let them check in often when away from
6. Monitor children at all times when at the beach, by
the river or a swimming pool. Never allow a child to go
into the water alone
7. Develop a family plan so children do not get lost
Jayda Celestine, St Michael's Anglican
School---Johnny don't make no Joke
Sharla Zakiya Grant, Lower Cumuto Gov-
ernment---Unity is Love
Dabria Baptiste, St Gabriel's RC School---
Aaron Duncan, St George's College---Chut-
Nirmala Ramdass Singh, San Fernando
West Secondary---Wave your flag
Catherine Chandler, University of the South
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